Parents of children and adolescents who have ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and/or other psychological or neurodevelopmental conditions are at greater risk for burnout due to the challenging nature of these conditions, and particularly when the conditions are not effectively managed. When ADHD difficulties pile up and become overwhelming over time, burnout can accelerate and intensify.
The key is to acknowledge the need to change, be kinder to yourself and others about these challenges, and start to make adjustments. The symptoms of burnout can be an invitation to take a new path through the forest. Here are the 10 ways to address ADHD parent burnout.
- Move toward acceptance of ADHD.
- Get support from other parents of children and adolescents with ADHD.
- Stay positive.
- Create a plan to manage stressful and frustrating parenting experiences when they occur in the moment.
- Enhance your self-care.
- Work on improving your relationship with your child or teen.
- Explore if undetected coexisting conditions exist.
- Use more effective parenting skills.
- Obtain and maximize treatment for your child or teen.
- Consider obtaining professional help for yourself.
Avoiding parent burnout requires real effort. When parents do better, the family improves.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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